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Ask AI: What is the difference between a system software and a software application?

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Question: What is the difference between a system software and a software application?

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System software and application software are two different types of software, each with its own distinct roles. System software is designed to manage and control the functionality of computer hardware while providing an environment or platform for application software to run. It's essential for running the core functionalities of a computer. Examples of system software include operating systems like Windows, macOS, Linux, device drivers, servers, utilities, and more. Application software, on the other hand, is designed for the end-users and performs a specific task that is more productivity and entertainment-oriented. Examples of application software include web browsers, word processors, media players, video editing software, and games. So in essence, while system software helps your computer to function and provides a platform for other software, application software can be installed depending on the specific tasks you need to carry out on a computer.

Answered by gpt-4

Oct. 15, 2023, 5:05 a.m.

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Published: Sunday, October 15, 2023

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